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US issues sanctions against Myanmar after coup



US President Joe Biden is issuing sanctions against Myanmar’s military regime after it staged a coup which saw the country’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi placed under arrest along with other senior members of the National League for Democracy.

The executive order will prevent Myanmar’s generals from accessing US $1 billion in assets in the US while keeping support for health care programs, civil society groups and other areas that benefit the country’s people. Biden says more measures will follow soon.

“The military must relinquish power it seized and demonstrate respect for the will of the people of Burma. The people of Burma are making their voices heard, and the world is watching. We’ll be ready to impose additional measures and we’ll continue to work with our international partners to urge other nations to join us in these efforts.”

The military attributed the coup to the government’s failure to act on unsubstantiated allegations of widespread voter fraud as part of the reason for the takeover and declaration of a 1 year state of emergency. The generals maintain the actions are legally justified, and have cited an article in the constitution that allows the military to take over in times of emergency.

But Suu Kyi’s party says it’s effectively a coup, with the Biden administration also agreeing. This isn’t the first time that the US has imposed sanctions as many of the military leaders in Myanmar are already under the restrictions due to attacks against the Muslim Rohingya minority in which Suu Kyi was under criticism for allegedly having a hand in the discrimination.

The US first imposed sanctions in 1998 after the military violently suppressed a protest, and were tightened over the decades to follow as Washington deemed the military was violating human rights. The restrictions were then eased slowly after the release of Suu Kyi from house arrest in 2010.  Former US President Donald Trump then issued new sanctions against the military over the executions of Rohingya Muslims in 2019.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters shortly before Biden’s announcement that “there’s certainly a recognition that this will need to be a coordinated effort” with the international community to enact change in Myanmar.

The U. N. Human Rights Council was set to hold a special session on Myanmar on Thursday. Meanwhile a military commander has penned a letter to Thailand’s PM Prayut Chan-o-cha detailing the reasoning for the coup and asking for support of the country’s democracy. Prayut has essentially responded by saying he always supports democracy, but that it is an internal issue and will leave it up to the governing bodies.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World


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  1. Stardust

    Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 12:46 pm

    Yes and with a alliance with most powerful alliances of the world. By the UN is also a meeting with 47 countries and Thailand is on the radar on this meeting too!

    • Issan John

      Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 2:24 pm

      What “alliance” is that?

      … and what UN meeting?

      • Singharacha

        Friday, February 12, 2021 at 11:34 pm


        First of all, it’s interference in a sovereign and independent country.

        That’s rich coming from USA, the greatest imperialist and neocolonialist power of all time.

        It’s rather ironic for the USA to urge anyone to “adhere to democratic norms” after disputed election results given recent events in the USA.

  2. Ian

    Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 3:27 pm

    Your not in the loop ij so go hide in your hut and criticise everything the west does you fool 555

    • Issan John

      Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 6:35 pm

      Ian, if you were “in the loop” you’d know that the “alliance” Stardust is talking about (his imaginary Indo Pacific alliance) doesn’t exist.

      But you’re not.

  3. Stardust

    Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 7:13 pm

    Issan John is again spreading fake news! He said there is no indo pacific alliance and no Nato and no eu. Go back to your moms shop and watch the ricefields!

  4. Jim kelly

    Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 8:51 pm

    These Burma military boyos are all in cahoots with “Smiler Chan-o-Cha!!” SAME SAME!! They know how to pull a trigger and kill folk but, ‘run a country?!!’ You’re ‘avin a laff!! Rubber Johnnie from ISSAN appears to be getting a lot of ‘flack’ of late!!

  5. sam

    Friday, February 12, 2021 at 12:30 am

    USA is never shy from imposing unilateral sanctions on countries that do not uphold democracy and freedom. Its own democracy is on shaky ground.Myanmar had faced such sanctions for decades,just like North Korea,Cuba,Venezuela and other countries will never bring peace or democracy back to those countries.

    • Randy

      Friday, February 12, 2021 at 4:03 pm

      Agreed…bloody busybody and shameless US politician like they own the world… Can’t even handle own backyard….setting bad precedent and trying to uphold democracy outside… Somebody, some where has to tell them go F.Themselves….Shameless people…mouth is bigger than the brain…disgusting Pigs…. That’s what they are…really..

  6. Ian

    Friday, February 12, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    Randy your obviously not western with how you write and dont know what a free world is ,so you agree with what’s happened in Myanmar and agree that you cannot say anything bad against your government and monarchy well thats another one lost his mind and morals

    • Randy

      Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 4:16 pm

      No..I am not western and I don’t want to be western…but I live in a free country also live in western countries before…I do not agreed to what the military does in Myanmar..either….but you have united nations there….let them do the talking and negoiation…and action….who are we act like a world policeman.Taking decision as and when you like , creating division…without consulting UN…..What is UN there for ? Is UN irrelevant as a world body….

  7. Gosport

    Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 11:34 am

    It has right to impose sanctions, it has right to lock her up.

  8. Arun

    Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    USA not likes Myanmar military doing something about rigged elections and their leadership obeying foreign interests. Because Myanmar Generals could fix something where the US gennerals prove themself impotent.

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